Scottish Opera: Marx in London!

£21.50 - 96.50

Evenings 7.15pm
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes, including one interval
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Scottish Opera
Marx in London

The UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera, a kinetic new production, plumbing the frivolity and profundity of one man’s existence.

London, 1871. The spectre of communism might be haunting Europe, but Karl Marx’s demons are far more mundane. Watched by a spy, chased by debt collectors, harassed by his family (legitimate and not), and rescued repeatedly from financial ruin by Friedrich Engels, a single madcap day is the backdrop for a run of misadventures and mistakes. Marx might have envisioned an economic system that would restore order and equality to the workers of the world, but his own affairs are in chaos. Amidst this storm in a teacup, can he find an hour to write?

This grand farce is led by Roland Wood (Il trittico 2023) as Karl Marx. Marx in London! takes the great thinker off his pedestal, interweaving zany humour with moments of sadness and sorrow.

To immerse yourself in Dove’s score, listen to new audio resources introduced by Jamie MacDougall, (Il trittico 2023) who also joins the cast as the Spy. Recorded at the world premiere in Bonn, the clips include dramatic orchestral interludes and a drinking song or two… Listen now

Sung in English with English supertitles.

a genuine comedy... Dove’s score is bright, rhythmically insistent and pacy

The Guardian on the world premiere of Marx in London (2018)

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.



Friends £3 off (excl. Sat)

Student/ unwaged standby £15 tickets available on the day, valid ID must be shown upon collection. (excl. Sat)

25 and under £15 tickets, valid ID must be shown upon collection.

Concessions £3 off. (excl. Sat)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Groups (8+): £6 off Stalls and Dress (excl. Sat)
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

School Groups (10+): £15 (excl. Sat)
Includes 1 free teacher ticket with every 10 students.
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call the Box Office to book your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time.


Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all.

We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

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Access Performances

Touch Tour
Sat 24 February, 6pm
Touch Tour tickets can be booked ahead of your visit by calling box office on 0131 259 6000, Mon to Sat 11am to 3pm, or in person at the counter in the Festival Theatre.

Audio Description
Sat 24 February, 7.15pm


Libretto Charles Hart
Conductor David Parry
Director Stephen Barlow
Designer Yannis Thavoris
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton
Projection Designer PJ McEvoy

Karl Marx Roland Wood
Jenny Marx Orla Boylan
Tussi Marx Rebecca Bottone
Freddy William Morgan
Helene Lucy Schaufer
Friedrich Engels Alasdair Elliott
Spy Jamie MacDougall

Pawnbroker John Molloy

Franz Chuma Sijeqa

Melanzane Paul Hopwood

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Show Related Events

Pre-show talk – Sat 24 Feb 6pm

This half-hour session delves into the detail of Marx in London!, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability.

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